Sunday, March 10, 2013

Winter to Spring Skincare and Aromatherapy

Winter sucks blah blah blah winter sucks. Enough of that, right?

I don't know if it was the season or what, but a lot of people around me were tired, anxious, ill or generally acting like lunatics on the verge of breakdowns. I fell back to the refrain of "whatever gets me through today" and often took deep breaths and inhaled lavender and rose scents to calm and soothe frayed nerves. Perhaps I collected these products one by one to build an anti-stress kit. The great thing is they turned out to be well worth the cost and effort.


TRUE GRACE Moroccan Rose Candle - While working at the bookstore gift section, I noticed how powerful the rose scent of this candle was and knew that it was going to come in handy during the transition season. I only need to burn this candle for a few minutes before the room fills with a soft and ultra femme rose fragrance. The candle itself seems to be made of the softest and emollient wax ever, almost dripping with oils and essences. In fact, it's enough to scent a small room just by leaving the lid open. Love.

Available at www.truegrace.co.uk. I purchased mine with an employee discount at the bookstore.


J.R. Watkins Lavender Hand & Cuticle Salve - I was never much into salves, but once the relaxation ritual before bed time became crucial, taking the time to rub this fragranced balm onto my hands, elbows, knees and feet became a true luxury.


It turned out to be much softer and oilier in texture than I had anticipated, but given my love of oils, I decided that it was even better this way. It requires some time to warm the product on your hand before smoothing and rubbing into the skin, and I love the feel of the warm oil on winter nights. The lavender scent of this salve is one of my favourite lavender scents: not as herby and bitter as the JASON Body Lotion and not as watery or fake or cloying as some other items I've sniffed in the past.

I purchased this at Shoppers Drug Mart for about CAD$10.

My lips are quite dry lately. Putting on lipsticks has become a real chore, and even tinted balms aren't good enough for longer than two hours. I wasn't quite happy with balms and chapsticks that were in my stash, so last month I acquired the Jurlique Rose Love Balm to add a bit of glamour and aromatherpy to the collection.


Jurlique Rose Love Balm - I was tempted to pick up the regular Love Balm at Sephora a few times, but when I saw the Rose version at Holt Renfrew, I had to have it. Recall my love of roses? The rose scent of this balm is on the fresh and uplifting side. There's a hint of green along with the decadent rose scent, and I consider this my tiny pot of aromatherapy on the go. It can be used as a multipurpose balm for lips, cuticles and other dry areas. I find that it's not quite moisturizing enough for me for lips at its current state, but it does apply well once you work the product onto the finger to melt it.

Available at Jurlique. I purchased mine at Holt Renfrew for CAD$9.

Smith's Mocha Rose Lip Balm with Vanilla - I was a big fan of Smith's Rosebud Salve and used countless tins of those in the past. Last year I conducted a book & lipstick swap with Makeup Morsels, who sent me this knowing that I wanted to try the tube versions of the Smith's salves. As far as its content goes, it's the exact same consistency and texture as the salves in tin. I find that the vanilla/mocha overpowers the rose scent, which is good if you like sweet scented lip balms. I like the tube version and would gladly buy the regular Rose Salve in the future. It's the most moisturizing balm in my stash and is basically a nicer version of the ever so effective Vaseline.

Available at Sephora. I received mine as a gift.

Using products with strong scents isn't for everyone, and I'm grateful that I don't have any allergies or negative reactions to these little delights. Adding small amounts of comfort and pleasure throughout the day via tiny luxuries while taking care of my body and mind is a winning combination. They help to relax and set the mind at ease for tomorrow's battles. Of course, they can only be temporary reliefs, but those relieving moments help to pause and rethink and strengthen my plans and goals.


Do you have products that do similar things for you? Hope everyone's staying warm in body, cool in mind.

PS. If you haven't already done so, don't forget to enter the teeny tiny giveaway. :-)

36 comments:

  1. Hi Liz,

    Aromatherapy is so key for getting through the day. I usually get a good dose in the shower everyday --- it's nice to have a few options on hand to match the mood I'm trying to create!

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    1. I get it in the shower sometimes, but it's the post-shower relaxation that I really enjoy. I love the lingering scents from body butters and oils. Would love to know what your favourites are! :)

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  2. Oooh yay wifey--your post has REALLY made me want that Jurlique Love Balm. I was always curious but now, MUST have it!! :P Oh, and also the True Grace candle. After you got me all in a tizzy over candles, I went on a candle-burning rampage and burned everything in the house. Now I am out and haven't bought any more--NEED. CANDLES!!!

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    1. Well, if you must have it... okay! :D

      Lol @ burning everything in the house. I'm still burning everything I can get my hands on. I realized I have way too many candles now and stopped myself from getting "spring" candles, but I know that I'll want some spring candles when it's cold and rainy on a dreary April day. So, yep. NEED CANDLES!

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  3. I like perfume, but I think I've come to the conclusion that I prefer my moisturizing products (things that serve a purpose: balm, lotion, hand cream, etc.) to be unscented, and then add perfume. Otherwise it just gets to be overwhelming. But some of my perfumes are always comforting, so I get the sense of it :)

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    1. I don't wear perfume to bed, so it's nice to have scented body products as a two-in-one sort of thing. In the morning I'd rely on unscented body stuff and then spritz the perfume of choice. I don't like competing scents, either!

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  4. Pretty! I like the sounds of that Jurlique Balm a lot! I'm having the problem that a lot of the candles and smelly nice things are all springy and fruity and we still have TONS of snow here! I can't get into the spring scents just yet-maybe in a month! I still want to smell heavier scents right now!

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    1. I wish the Jurlique balm was softer, but it's a nice little pot of luxury. :)

      My fear every "spring" is that we'll still get a random snow day in May. It's messed up here. I miss springs in Korea where they enjoy solid 3-4 months of balmy room temperature weather filled with flowers.

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  5. Great idea to dig through the stash for "potions" to cast off the winter blah blahs. I'll give this a go tonight. You've put a smile on my face already. :)

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    1. Awww, now I'm smiling. :) I hope you have a few goodies to ward off the blah blahs!

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  6. Jurlique Love Balm is one of my favourite products at the moment! Haven't tried the Rose one yet though! I use it on my elbows, cuticles, and sometimes under my eyes.

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    1. I hadn't thought to put it under the eyes, but mine is scented, so I'd be wary of applying that there. I was debating between Love Balm or a L'Occitane Shea Butter Balm (the one in that mini tin), and curiosity over Jurlique won over!

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    2. Alright, since I posted this, I've tried Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream under the eye. WIN. I am SO hydrated.

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    3. Really??? I didn't like the scent of the 8 Hour Cream and never bought it. Good to know!

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  7. Oh wow it's so alien to think of you all in the snow while I'm still literally sweating out in our heat! I love the timeless scent of rose in any form - such a dreamy post Liz!

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    1. Think of how we feel seeing your summer posts, lol. Soon it'll be the reverse!

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Vita. <3

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  8. I saw that Jurlique balm last time I was in Sephora but couldn't find a price (it was hanging out near the cash), so I gave up on it. It sounds lovely. I really like both rose and lavender scents in general, but when I tend to go for aromatherapy it's usually peppermint for my headaches/migraines.

    Have you seen or tried 21 drops? Sephora sells them online and I've seen them in a few other places as well. I got a little 4-pack of minis and I quite like them.

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    1. The anal side of me wants to sticker tag every single untagged product shelf in Sephora. If I really want something, I get them to scan and tell me the price, but it's easier to resist temptation when we don't know, right???

      I saw 21 Drops online but have no idea what they'd be like for real. Review please!

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    2. Oooh good idea. It genuinely never occurred to me to write a review. I have a few other aromatherapy-esque headache remedies that I could do at the same time...

      Thanks!

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  9. EEEE that candle totally had me at hello!!! I'm checking the website out now! So glad it's a British company too (no problem with the customs LOL)!

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    1. Lucky you! I was bummed when I looked it up and realized it was overseas for us. Hoping to come across some more boutiques around here that carries the brand. They have quite the wide range of delectable goodies!

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  10. I love scented candles! I'm also in love with the scent Moroccan Rose. Body Shop has a shower gel in that scent and it's absolutely lovely. In my room, instead of scented candles, I have those scented oil with whatchamacallit diffuser-thingy... in White Rose. Pricey, but I like how my room smells. LOL!

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    1. I don't think we have the rose shower gel at our Body Shops, but I could be wrong. Must look!

      Maybe it's the inner pyro in me, but I just always preferred candles. :)

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  11. The Moroccan Rose candle sounds lovely! I like most anything rose scented. I purchased a couple of Dyptique candles a while ago in rose and violet. They make my room smell so great when I come home from work :)

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    1. Oooh, sounds lovely. :) I want a Diptyque candle eventually!

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  12. That rose candle sounds so intriguing - and I'm not one for burning candles (although I was when i first got married, but ever since I heard of how toxic these candles are, I stopped - maybe it's time to look into them again, cause I'm sure there's a whackload of other toxic stuff I've got around here ie: nail polish remover, for one!). As to lip balms, my daughter is known amongst her friends as being somewhat of a fanatic over them; even though I've known about the Rosebud one for eons now, I've never indulged -- putting it on the list now, along with that lavender salve - a brand I've seen at Pharmaprix, but was never curious enough to delve into more. Yup - thank to you, that "want" list of mine is getting longer...

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    1. I do worry about going overboard with the candles and try to air out the room as much as possible. But it's an addiction and I canna help meself!!! ;D

      And there are probably some nicer ones than Smith's Rose for lip balms, but it's the one that I feel is great for the price point. Luckily, this and the lavender salve are easy on the wallet and won't do much harm to indulge in a bit of curious experimenting. :)

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  13. Scents can be such a pick me up - my favourite one at the moment is Kai. I carry the little perfume oil and like to put it on my wrists during the day to lift my mood and generally smell nice :p The Jurlique balm sounds lovely - anything multipurpose and rose scented is a winner in my book!

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    1. I decant my favourite perfumes into atomizers and carry around the one that suits my mood. Most of them are the cheerful, uplifting type. But this reminds me that I have a bazillion samples to go through to discover some new faves.

      Jurlique is from your neck of the woods, I believe. Easy access, I hope! :)

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  14. I've been doing the same thing with tea and floral perfumes––I'm not usually the biggest fan of florals, especially lightweight springy ones, but I've been loving wearing all my airy perfumes (A La Nuit, L'Ombre Dans l'Eau, Odalisque, Carillon pour un Ange). Smells are such a potent mood changer!

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    1. I love matching scents to an occasion, mood or environment. Feeling a bit of a rush to finish up some of the more "wintery" scents to make room for the spring stuff, but my head is definitely on the lightweight and airy side regarding perfumes lately!

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  15. Love the term anti-stress kit! Perhaps I should start putting one together too...

    All these products sound gorgeous, and I'm glad to hear the lipbalm made the cut! I still have a thing for those tins because I am extremely shallow and like pretty packaging, but the tubes are definitely more convenient.

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    1. I think that you should, given all the studying that you do!

      I also still like the look of tins, but ever since I had issues with the C.O. Bigelow tin, my inner Hulk refuses to deal with them anymore. :(

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  16. Its been so effing cold here the past few days, plus I've been feeling exceptionally downtrodden and negative, so the first thing I did when I got home today was light some candles (learned that from you :) The problem is that I am so fussy when it comes to scents, so I usually only have a few kicking around, and they're mostly cheapies which run out after a few nights. I want to get oh, say - 6 really fabulous candles (one for each room :P) that I can truly enjoy. Will have to go on a hunt :D

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    1. Luxury candles were next on my list until the $ situation put a stop to it, LOL. It's a fun indulgence though! What are you looking at? Dyptique? NEST? Voluspa? I AM SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!!

      *kicks the negative days in the nuts* ;)

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